As the island battles back from the impact of a devastating hurricane, Leah Chandler, chief marketing officer with Discover Puerto Rico, tells Breaking Travel News that the destination is very much open for business. With the World Travel & Tourism Council set to hosts its annual summit there next year, the future appears bright for the Caribbean location.
Discover Puerto Rico as revealed a new initiative to underscore the progress Puerto Rico’s tourism industry has made since Hurricane Maria.
With reinstated direct flights to Puerto Rico from London Gatwick with Norwegian Airlines, the tropical Caribbean island has become the perfect destination for winter sun. The non-stop direct flights will operate twice a week between London Gatwick and the Caribbean from November 2016, meaning the exciting island of Puerto Rico is now just over nine hours away for UK travellers.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company stated today that the first edition of the International Tourism Expo – Puerto Rico was a definite success. More than 90 exhibitors from local and international companies and more than 480 travel agents from the United States, Europe, Latin America, China and Puerto Rico participated in the event which had an estimated impact of $900,000 to the local economy.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company executive director Ingrid Rivera Rocafort has welcomed a new direct flight offered by Mexican airline Volaris from Cancun, Quintana Roo, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flight will also connect to Mexico City. Volaris is the Mexican low-cost airline with routes in Mexico and the United States. The route will begin operating as of July 2nd, 2015, every Thursday and Sunday.
Puerto Rico’s tourism industry continues to grow, as noted by the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, while announcing an increase of hotel occupancy rates for February 2015, compared to the same month during the previous year. “PRTC is pleased that the country’s preliminary numbers in hotel occupancy for the month of February 2015, project a strong increase trend of 4.8 points, compared to the same month in 2014,” she explained.
Puerto Rico has been hosting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. The event is considered one of the most important symposiums of the tourism industry in the Caribbean. Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, explained that around 1,100 delegates from 29 different countries were expected to attend.
Executive director for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, has announced the start of the agency’s Agricultural Tourism Program with the official certification of Hacienda Tres Ángeles in the municipality of Adjuntas, located at the Island’s central mountainous region. Agricultural Tourism is a form of sustainable tourism, in which the visitor has the opportunity to learn about agricultural areas, tasks, local products, native foods and the region’s everyday life, as well as the destination’s cultural heritage and traditions.
Leading online travel company Orbitz Worldwide has partnered with Puerto Rico Tourism Co. to launch “Orbitz Originals: Secrets of Puerto Rico,” a 10-part online video series that is hosted by award-winning travel expert Richard Bangs and is available for viewing at Orbitz.com/PuertoRico.
Aerostar Airport Holdings has won the right to run Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the next 40 years. Mexican company Aerostar already operates nine airports in Mexico, including Cancun.